I’ve been using Stanley’s Quickslide utility knife for about two years now, and it’s still my favorite go-to knife. The Quickslide is a great knife because: i) the blade extends and retracts quickly and easily, ii) blade changes are also quick and easy, and iii) it is super-compact and can be carried comfortably in a pocket or clipped securely to a belt.
However, despite its merits, the Quickslide is not without a few shortcomings. Due to its incredibly compact and ergonomic design, the Quickslide does not have any intermediate blade settings, so your blade-depth options are “open” or “closed.” Like most retractable utility knives, the Quickslide is not well suited for certain fixed-blade styles unless it is always kept in the fully extended position. Lastly, don’t forget to bring your blade dispenser, since the Quickslide does not have an internal replacement blade storage compartment.
Stanley has also released a “Sport” version of the knife, to which a 3″ serrated lock back blade has been added. If our Quickslide is ever lost or damaged, it will likely be replaced with a Quickslide Sport. Don’t miss the product links below – Stanley’s product page for the Quickslide Sport features a decent interactive demo that covers both product versions.
Stanley’s Quickslide knife can be found locally for about $10, or online via Amazon for slightly more, and the Quickslide Sport is available online for about $20.